My students (more like a Master-Apprentice relationship) go through my program adopting my overall philosophy to self-development in all areas of your life, being the Valentine “Three-legged Stool” Approach to Self-Development:
1st Leg: Awareness
2nd Leg: Action
3rd Leg: Adaptation
My programs are all tailored to student’s needs through increased awareness.
The human body is a magnificent machine – very complex and dynamic. Appropriate and sufficient actions are taken in a dynamic fashion.
An ‘adaptive strategy’ is adopted so that as the body changes (due to the stimulus put on it), so does the strategy. This is something that I formulate for each student.
Any complex and dynamic environment (the human body and mind being the most difficult), requires a “self-adjustment” approach that re-calibrates strategy constantly. Nothing is ever static. I have formulated many laws over the years and here are some of them:
Law ONE: Dynamic Bodily Changes require Dynamic Changes!
Change and progress stems from the fusion of chaos and order, of structure and freedom. It is the proper management of these that lead to desired change and outcomes.
Law TWO: Any unprecedented Change & increased uncertainty to the progress brought about by unforeseen variables require 2 things:
In the program, the student is taught with the aid of specific tools, the ability to manage these two variables. Not managing it well leads to un-even forces which leads to muscles imbalances which increases risks of injury, not to mention in-aestheticness.
To deal with the diversity of TYPES OF PEOPLE whilst trying to be effective, I try to “strike a balance’ between:
- Exploiting my most successful methods and also encouraging the exceeding of the student’s AGILITY ABILITY (rate of adjustment and adaptability done partly through reaching new threshold levels).
- Exploration – of the student’s STRENGTHS and building on these to surface more strengths (HIDDEN).
Feedback loops and effective communication.
My FOCUS in over 23 years of gym training has always operated on the basis of 3 inter-linked learning loops – I refer to them as “feedback loops” (the human body and mind is a big, complex machine of such loops all the way down to the cell level.
These feedback loops are essential to the success of EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION and survival of the species.
1st Leg feedback loop: EXPERIMENTATION.
In my first 12 years, building up thousands of hours of deliberate training and practise on my own and under some of the best coaches to discover WHAT WORKS!
- Followed all the different training options available
- Collected and collated ALL experience and information regarding the various choices available for training
- Tested choices of training methods and generated “KNOW HOW”
- In a very good position to provide recommendations based on knowledge/experience of training methods.
The PROGRAM and 3-legged stool framework was designed by me through a filtering process allowing only relevance and appropriateness through. This was to not only SIMPLIFY WHAT WORKS BUT also to AMPLIFY WHAT WORKS. So, in essence, I strived to SIMPLIFY TO AMPLIFY.
2nd Leg feedback loop: MODULATE
Through constant feedback through deliberate practise and observation, there was constant adjustment on HOW WELL and HOW MUCH I experimented.
My self-regulated/self-adjusting method to training is fluid and dynamic. It is ever-evolving and learns not just from TRIAL AND ERROR but also adaptation. This self-learning is exercised through adapting the RATE OF EXPERIMENTATION to the individual student.
This is the essence of tailor-making a program to each individual.
3rd Leg feedback loop: SHAPE.
My whole goal since the first day I lifted a dumbbell was to work towards BALANCE & SYMMETRY in the body, mind & spirit. This is the essence of ‘shape’.
Striving towards the best shape, towards a more balanced and symmetrical body and existence in life would bring me closer to HARMONY – within me (internally) and with my environment (externally).
Striving towards SHAPE, towards the elusive BALANCE & SYMMETRY with the body (with an ‘x-frame’ physique), would allow a person to get better external harmony. However, for this to happen sufficiently and appropriately, one needs to apply stimulus to instigate CHANGE. It is through change, that the body and mind adapts and it is the process of adaptation that leads towards a new equilibrium, a NEW YOU.
Striving towards SHAPE allows one to stay injury free by significantly lowering the risks of injury predominantly due to the imbalance of muscles. I personally have stayed relatively injury-free in 23 + years and have not visited a physiotherapist nor a chiropractor for an training-related injury. Never!
I believe a big part of this record is because I have figured out the BEST WAY to build an aesthetically pleasing, well-balanced, beautiful physique. Not the biggest or the leanest but the most ‘eye-pleasing’, low injury-risk physique.
Through the continuous knowledge gained by “feedback loops, the body/mind re-engineering takes place, through re-wiring of the brain. Neurons that FIRE together WIRE together!
This is intricately managed via various tools given to you in the program.
To understand how this works (in a ‘nutshell’), think of the human body as a nested, convoluted set of complex processes. At the highest level, the student’s VISION articulates the direction and ambition of the body as a whole.
To achieve the VISION/IMAGE of what the student imagines himself/herself to be in the mirror, I help the student help themselves, apply (through sufficient and appropriate actions):
- My unique Body Re-engineering framework
- Relevant strategies to identify and enhance a student’s unique STRENGTHS.
As each student is unique (with a very unique body and thoughts), I take an OVERALL approach to re-engineering at ALL LEVELS (mind, body, heart and soul/spirit).
My body-mind Re-engineering model and ALL supporting components in the program are regularly calibrated in the changing body/mind and the environments (INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL).
This ultimately leads to the BEST version of the REAL YOU.